Shelby County News


Week Ending March 01, 2018

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting March 20, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Mr. Bill O'Neal. Mr. O'Neal is the Texas State Historian and is a well-known author. He has written many books about the history of Texas. He taught history for many years at Panola College.  Everyone is invited to attend.




Myoe Min, 28, of Center, Texas, died February 19, 2018 in Center. He was born on January 12, 1990 in Myanmar. Myoe moved to the United States in 2007 and went straight to work in Arizona and then Iowa before moving to Texas. He began working for Tyson in 2015. He did all that he could to help support his parents, brothers and sisters that still live in Myanmar. He was so proud of one of brothers in Myanmar, Naing Naing Puang, who graduated from college.
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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
LeFern Moffett Parrish, 91, of Waco, died January 23, 2018. Interment was in White Hall Cemetery in Woodway. She was born January 23, 1927 in Center, Texas, to F. L. and Lenore Moffett. She graduated from Center High School. Survivors include, Husband, Mitchell Parrish; Children, Larry Parrish & wife, Paula of Ft. Worth, Susan & husband, Bill Nolen of Waco, Cindy & husband, Warren Owen of Waco; Sister, Jane Bostick of Waco; Sister-in-law, Jean Barnett of Dallas. .
Oak Crest Funeral Home, Waco, Texas.
Johnny Mack Brown, 65, of Tenaha, Texas, died February 9, 2018 at his residence. A memorial will be held at his residence on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 1pm. He was born February 24, 1952 in Spiro, Oklahoma to Lee Roy & Viola Brown. He was drafted to the Army where he graduated top in his class at sniper school & went on to become a Paratrooper. While serving in the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal after surviving malaria & 9 days in a coma. Survivors include, Daughters, Shannon Ritter of Humble, Texas; Amy Kennedy & husband, Dusty of Searcy, Arkansas; Kim Headly & husband, Brian of Stuttgart, Arkansas; Amber Savoy & husband, Joshua of Houston, Texas; Siblings, Dorothy Ables & husband, Curtis; Alice Marshall & husband, Willie Ray; Roy Thomas Brown & wife, Opal; Lewis Ray Brown & wife, Linda; Ruth Hollis & husband, Gene; David Brown & wife, Jeanette.
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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Norvell Holt, 97, of Center, Texas, died February 26, 2018 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. She was born on June 28, 1920 in Center to Henry David Spells and Mineola Fletcher Spells. She was preceded in death by, Husbands, A. J. Williams and Ira “Harry” Holt; Parents; Seven Siblings. Survivors include, Sons, Jay Williams & wife, Dee of Center, Ronald Williams & wife, Jean of Nacogdoches; Sister, Leola Eaves of Center.
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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Monette Mathews Grafke, 57, died February 13, 2018 in Columbia, Missouri. A memorial service will be held on March 10, 10am at Historic Center Sanitorium 1391 County Road 3047 in Center, Texas, reception to follow in the home of Roy Blackshear 227 Pine St. Center, Texas. She was born Cecilia Monette Mathews in Center, Texas on February 14, 1960. She graduated from Center High School. She was preceded in death by, Parents, Wava and Victor Mathews; Brother, Murray Mathews. Survivors include, Husband, Reed Grafke; Sisters, Tory Henly & husband, John of San Augustine, Texas, Mary Jean Weaver & husband, Mark of Woodland Park, Colorado; Sister-in-law, Kelli Mathews of Center, Texas; Mother-in-law, Fran Marsh & husband, Fritz; Sister-in-law, Brenda Hamilton & husband, Rich; Brother-in-law, Dale Grafke & fiance, Tracy.



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